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The pros outweigh the cons,
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This review is from: iPhone and iPad Apps for Absolute Beginners (Kindle Edition)The pros are pretty good. Dr. Lewis leads us through some basic but very enlightening first steps in app production. I have no experience at all of coding or computer languages so the fact them I'm still reading and getting simple apps working at page 208 is pretty impressive. Pacing such a book is an impossible task so it is no surprise that, at times, I have just wanted him to stop repeating himself and get on with it.
The cons may well have more to do with the publishers than the author.
First, the number of errors is just ridiculous. This is a beginners coding book so publishing it with errors in the code is ridiculous! It slows you down and results in you never quite trusting what the book is telling you after the first few errors which do cause the exercises to fail until corrected.
Second, Dr Lewis writes well but would benefit from a decent editor occasionally asking "are those many, many alternative shots of the app just returning a photo really adding to the book? Drop 'em Doc!" The book is altogether just a little too odd.
So it's a mixed bag and, as I said, I think it balances out as a pretty good and useful book for a beginner as long as you can deal with the errors. The linked web site does help with a forum where people are discussing the errors and sorting out solutions.
The publishers should hang their heads though - it could have been an absolutely brilliant book had they done their job.
Also somewhat frustrating that no-one has been bothered to correct the kindle version. Surely that is part of the beauty of ebooks. Again - a missed opportunity on the publishers' part.